I am blogging well over a year now and have been taking it more serious since I moved to self hosted WordPress. I am so glad I did because this gave me way more opportunity, for example my amazing theme that I still love a year later. There are many many plugins I am using now which I couldn’t have imagined on the normal WordPress.
A year on I am still quite a newbie but I am very happy and overly thankful to everyone out there who is reading my blog. Recently I have even made it into the Blog Awards Ireland shortlist. (Voting end 23rd September noon). I may have a lot of bloggers block lately with working full-time, minding the 2 kids and being tired from getting up multiple times at night with Chloe (poor thing is teething loads at the moment) but this is something I would never give up. I haven’t had a proper hobby for so many years, so I definitely want to keep this up.
I have been keeping track more and more of my statistics. Who doesn’t like a good watch over their blog to see if traffic increases, decreases or stays the same?
A few months ago I have used the built in WordPress statistics but reading blogs daily, I noticed that these aren’t that accurate after all. Google Analytics seems to be the way to go and so I installed it on my phone for on the go and signed in on my laptop to have a look. My traffic has been very good lately and I didn’t even think it would because of the lack of content I am producing at the moment.
As I only signed up to Google Analytics a couple of months ago, I couldn’t get the accurate stats for when I moved over to self hosted in June, so the ones I am giving you now are from the WordPress site stats.
June 2014 My unique views were only at 183.
July 2014 The unique views went down to 128
At the time I started from scratch pretty much. I did blog in 2010/2012 but this was only for own personal use and I didn’t actually intend of having anyone to read it because at the time it was only about day to day life and traveling I did. So to get some views was a big thing for me, as that shows that there are actually people out there who are interested in reading my blog, so I am not wasting my time.
August 2014 was one of my low low months too with only a unique view number of 116.
But then it went all up hill.
This was also the time I started reading more and more blogs in the UK and Ireland. Up to that point somehow I ended up starting off reading blogs from people in Australia.
September 2014 my views were up to 258 where October was kind of at the same level.
This year has been an amazing year. My blog really has grown in page views and unique visitors. The best months I had so far this year was January. I nearly hit the 2,000 view mark. In fact it was 1,888 and I had nearly 1,000 visitors. The concrete number was 995.
April is the first month I can start providing you with statistics from Google analytics. I can’t believe I didn’t sign up to it way earlier than that. But I guess you have to start somewhere. There are a still a lot of things I am learning. Kerry from Oh So Amelia currently has a great series running on her blog regarding growing your blog, plugins, extensions and so much more. It helped a lot actually.
It is great to see that the % of new visitors is higher than the one for returning visitors.
These were my stats August. The page views have increased by nearly a 1,000 more. Also a the users and sessions have increased quite by a good bit.
I created a little table from the month of April up to the month of September to give you an overview of the sessions, users and page views I had each month rather than scrolling up and down on the image in this blog post. I know September is not quite finished,but I don’ think there will be much of a difference.
This table also clearly shows what month I have bloggers blocks and what month I am in my element and blog even twice daily. The only reason why I keep getting bloggers block is because I am doing the same routine every week and don’t get to go out much. The weather hasn’t been the best lately but I am hoping to start doing more again especially with the kids.
That’s it from me to tonight and I am leaving you with these statistics.
Have you started a blog in the last year? Do you look at your stats regularly? I’d love to know how you are doing.